Idaho Politics Weekly Newsletter

Monday, November 26, 2018

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This Week In Idaho Politics

Roads, bridges are Little's problem to solve
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Gov. Butch Otter did about all he could do politically to get the wheels moving on transportation funding for Idaho. Now it's up to Gov.-elect Brad Little to finish the job....

A political perspective on Thanksgiving
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
The Thanksgiving season is a time to be grateful....

Survey shows Idahoans aren't big fans of the federal government
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Even though the U.S. economy is rambling along at record-setting levels, fewer than a third of Idahoans say federal officials are doing a "good job" with economic policy, according to a recent Dan Jones & Associates poll measuring public opinion ...

Let's give thanks for the Americans who fought in the Great War
By Jim Jones
The furor has died down over the president's failure to attend a ceremony at Belleau Wood on Nov. 10 to honor Americans who fought for us in World War One. But we should know about and never forget those brave souls. ...

Guest opinion: An Idaho veteran reflects on his service
By Sen. Mike Crapo
Fellow Idahoan Ted M. Boyce read this poem, titled "Veterans Day," that he authored at a recent breakfast in Idaho Falls to honor veterans.  With Mr. Boyce's permission, I am sharing this touching tribute to the service of veterans....

Press release: Gov.-elect Little announces transition committee
By Press release
BOISE, Idaho  Gov.-elect Brad Little has announced his transition committee....

Press release: Fate of women fishing tournament at risk
By Press release
RIGGINS, Idaho  The City of Riggins is reeling after the Idaho Department of Fish and Game announced it would cancel the steelhead fishing season indefinitely after Idaho Rivers United and other environmental groups threatened to sue....

Poll: Public education continues as No. 1 issue in Idaho
By Bob Bernick, contributing editor
Idaho is a heavily Republican state, but both Republicans and Democrats, along with independent voters, agree on one thing: public education ranks highest among pressing problems the state should deal with....

With elections over, the power struggle begins
By Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
House Assistant Majority Leader Brent Crane of Nampa has placed himself at a political crossroad....

Idaho fallout from the 2018 elections
By Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly contributor
Election day is over but the after ripples continue here in Idaho....

Why do we trust big tech with location data, but not government?
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
The other day I went to a children's community theater about 20 miles from my home to see my granddaughter perform in a play....

Nothing is certain except death and taxes
By Jim Jones
The old saying about the certainty of death and taxes is not entirely true anymore. ...

Political Calendar Highlights

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District 15 Dems Dinner Huddle
When: Tuesday, November 27, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Casa Mexico, 10332 W Fairview Ave # 104, Boise, ID
For more info email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Leadership Boise Alumni Holiday Social
When: Thursday, November 29, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Lucky Fins Seafood Grill - Boise, 801 W Main St, Boise, ID
Celebrate the holiday season with fellow Leadership Boise Alumni. Eat, drink, and be merry, appetizers and one drink ticket is included in your ticket price. Spouses and guests are welcome to join you. $12/person - LB Alumni Dues Paying Member, $22/person - Non LB Alumni Dues Paying Member. White Elephant Gift Silent Auction. More info and register here.

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Idaho Headlines

Angry North Idaho and The City of Nampon: A look inside the parody accounts that poke fun at local politics (Idaho Press)

Despite SCOTUS ruling, sports betting unlikely in Idaho's future (Idaho Press)

Prop 2, expanding Medicaid, certified as law in Idaho (Idaho Press)

Idaho has incarcerated 223 for statutory rape since 1972... (Idaho Press)

Cities grapple with sales tax redistribution (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho Wages Stagnate Despite Low Unemployment (Boise State Public Radio)

State Supreme Court should protect division of powers, toss Medicaid expansion (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Twin Falls man and Fairfield woman named to governor-elect's transition committee (Times-News)

Gov.-elect Little is hand-picking the team that will run Idaho's government (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Freedom Foundation asks Supreme Court to block Medicaid expansion (Idaho Statesman)

Editorial: Listen up, IFF: Idahoans should get what they voted for with Prop 2 (Idaho Statesman)

Ybarra terminates communications director (Idaho Education News)

IDHW board approves pending birth certificate, vaccination rule changes (Idaho Reports)

An uprising lying in wait (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines

Democrats' Senate losses jeopardize national spotlight for possible 2020 hopeful (Washington Post)

Trump Push For 'Energy Dominance' Boosts Drilling On Public Land (NPR)

With Jeff Sessions out at the Justice Dept., the marijuana movement exhales (Los Angeles Times)

Internal documents Facebook has fought to keep private obtained by UK Parliament (CNN)

These Democrats are working with Republicans to possibly block Pelosi's House Speaker bid (ThinkProgress)

Another rebel Dem softens on opposing Pelosi for speaker (Politico)

New Book Gives Voice to Trump's Claims of a Vast Conspiracy Against Him (New York Times)

First caravan-related violence reported in U.S. as rocks thrown at Border Patrol (Washington Times)

John Fund: Mississippi US Senate race features two problem-plagued candidates (FOX News)

Gowdy: Avoid 'carnival' by taping Comey interview for public to see (Politico)

Retail giant Amazon, classified as tech firm, cashes in on state incentives (New York Daily News)

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